Podcast 504 – “We Are Descendent’s of Stoned Apes”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna


[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“I tend to think that there is a kind of unconscious racism in the suppression of the idea that the origin of not high culture but of humanism itself is in Africa.”

“[The psychedelic experience] is about what is real, not what is culturally sanctioned.”

“The ego lives by constraint. It draws lines, and this drawing of lines is a denial of the primary truth of the world, which is that it is seamless and one. Once you start drawing distinctions you’re off into dualism, and it’s no joke to say that dualism is the root of all evil.”

“The Eleusian Mysteries are Cretan Mysteries that have been transplanted to Greece, and that’s really where the psychedelic religion died.”

“The major political task for people like ourselves is to be more stoned, is to find out more about the dimensions of the psychedelic experience.”

“The drugs of the future are likely to be these non-invasive electronic drugs.”

“Virtual reality is very important to creating a sane human future.”

“The human visual apparatus is unbelievably forgiving of error. In fact, the human visual apparatus is set up to suppress error.”

“Computers are becoming more like drugs. Drugs are becoming more like computers. The computers of the future will be taken orally, and the drugs of the future will probably be jacked into.”

“What I think virtual reality is good for is showing each other the insides of our minds.”


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Posted in Cannabis, Culture, Evolution, Family, Language, Myth, Psilocybin, Psychedelics, Religion, Shamanism, Terence McKenna (mp3).


  1. Very cool to hear Terence talk about Jaynes’ “Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind” – I read this book almost ten years ago now, and while it has its shortcomings, it’s certainly very interesting!

    Great series so far, Lorenzo!

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